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Insurance and Wood Burning Fireplaces: What You Should Know

Does your home insurance policy cover your fireplace and the additional risk it brings to your home? While fires started by fireplaces are rare, you certainly don’t want to give your insurance company a reason to deny your claim in the event you do have an accident. So, you should add your fireplace to your […]

Outdoor Fireplaces & City Zoning

If you are like thousands of other Ontario residents and love the idea of having an outdoor fireplace on your property, it’s important to educate yourself on the rules and regulations in your area before you have one installed. The laws are different depending on where you live, and not all fires are considered equal. […]

Using Your Fireplace as an Accent Wall

Fireplaces are coveted architectural features that can add warmth and character to your whole home. In fact, when done well a fireplace and the accent wall surrounding it create the focal point to any room or open-concept floor plan. Yet, the fireplace is often outdated due to the misconception that refinishing the fireplace will take […]

Christmas Fireplace Decorations & Christmas Mantle Decorating Ideas

What’s cozier than curling up to your fireplace this cold Christmas season? It’s the perfect spot to relax, so why not make it a show-stopper too with some Christmas fireplace decorations? If you’re thinking of changing things up, we have some Christmas mantle decorating ideas to get you inspired, no matter what style makes you feel the most festive.   Rustic Decor  […]

How to Turn on Your Gas Fireplace

  Many people turn off their gas fireplaces in the summer months to conserve natural gas or propane but often need a reminder on how to light the pilot light in the fall. First, locate the fireplace controls, they are located usually behind a louver or panel at the bottom of the fireplace. Next, locate […]

Cozy Fireplace Activities for Families in Fall

Fall is the perfect time to gather the whole family for some cozy fireplace activities. There’s something about relaxing next to the comfort of flickering flames that makes fall traditions more enjoyable.   In fact, there is science behind this feeling. Research1 has demonstrated that when we sit around a fireplace, our blood pressure drops. It increases our mood and relaxation. We […]

Gas Fireplace Cleaning and Maintenance Tips  

Gas fireplaces need to be maintained regularly, at least once a year. Like wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces collect dirt and debris that can cause it to burn ineffectively, house unwanted pests, or even develop hazardous leaks.  There are many different types of gas fireplaces that can be cleaned in different ways. To help you out, here are some […]

What You Should Know Before You Change Your Wood Fireplace to Gas

Is it time for you to change your wood fireplace to a gas fireplace? Gas fireplaces, generally, require less maintenance than wood fireplaces. Plus, they offer several other advantages such as being less expensive to maintain and being easier to control overall.    But what’s the cost of making the switch and is it worth it in the end? Learn […]

Modern Fireplace Accessories

There are a few accessories you need in order to use and maintain your fireplace. Just because they’re necessary, doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Modern fireplace accessories are both functional and stylish.    You can get so much more out of your accessories these days. Here are just a few examples.   Log Holders    You need something to hold fire logs, but you […]

Fireplace Accent Wall Ideas: Black Accent Wall

This year, black accent walls with fireplaces are perfectly on-trend. Black is a rarely used wall colour, which is why it works great as an accent wall.   But why add the fireplace? And what if black isn’t exactly your colour? We’ll discuss the importance of having an accent wall, ideas for fireplace accent walls and what they can both bring to […]